Many women develop hobbies which allow for some diversion of a personal and individual nature. Needlework of various types comes into vogue at times and provides some "sitting still" work for those who like it; stamp collecting proves amusing to persons of both high and low estate, as well as various other forms of collecting. More than three-fourths of the three hundred women with whom we talked had "hobbies," some of which they enjoyed and with some of which they were frankly bored when their possibilities were exhausted. The most frequent complaint concerned the limited nature of most hobbies within reach and the speed with which their possibilities were explored. Some women had been fortunate in finding occupations whose interests and sequence developed over a period of years.
One woman had developed an interest in birds in connection with her "nature-study" courses in school. After the usual preliminaries of book learning, she set out to see the birds in her immediate neighborhood and was soon able to find and identify many of them. Her wish to get a better view led to the purchase of binoculars and other paraphernalia. Her work, which was at first conducted entirely for school courses, began to extend into the vacations as her interest in it grew. Her summer months, which she had formerly spent in hotels at crowded beach resorts, she began to spend at remote camps in the mountains, in the national forests, and wherever she could find bird life undisturbed. More and more of her vacation time was spent outdoors, sometimes with friends of similar interests but often alone, in the study of bird life and bird habits. After a few years she wanted to take pictures of birds, and photography was added to her interests and to her study equipment. Both her enthusiasm and her well-known success attest the value of this form of play for her.